Animated fairy tale has grossed $112 mil

HOLLYWOOD — Very jolly indeed about its new green giant, DreamWorks Pictures has announced it’s preparing a theatrical sequel to “Shrek” and will rehire scribes and co-producers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio to take on the assignment.

Rossio and Elliott’s “Shrek” script was based on William Steig’s children’s book of the same name; Joe Stillman and Roger S.H. Schulman also received “written by” credit on the pic.

The animated fairy tale voiced by Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow has grossed $112 million since opening May 16. Pic will expand to 3,661 engagements this weekend from a previous 3,623.

“Shrek” was produced by Aron Warner, John H. Williams and DreamWorks topper Jeffrey Katzenberg. A spokeswoman for the studio said it was not yet clear who would produce the sequel.

Rossio and Elliott had previously co-written Disney’s animated fare “Aladdin” and DreamWorks’ “The Road to El Dorado.” They also received “story by” credit on Col’s live-action pic “The Mask of Zorro.”

The duo was repped in the deal by Creative Artists Agency.

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